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4 of the most bizarre driving laws in the world

By Mason White 12:34 PM July 27, 2014
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By: Hydar Tomar
Drivers in Costa Rica can drive while drinking, but cannot drive drunk.

The law there allows drivers to sip on beers and cocktails as long as their blood alcohol level remains below the legal limit.

If you happen to be traveling to Cyprus, make sure you wait until you get home to eat a few french fries you purchased from a drive-thru. It is illegal to consume anything (including water) while driving on the country’s roads.

The aforementioned traffic laws may sound crazy, but there are others around the world that make you wonder what lawmakers were thinking when they ratified them.

Don’t Ride With A Drunk Driver in Japan

You’d think common sense would prevail and people would consciously avoid being a passenger in a car with a driver who is clearly inebriated. However, the Japanese government added some extra deterrents in 2007, in case you get any wild ideas.

A person caught riding in a car with a drunken driver behind the wheel, is subject to a 300,000 yen ($2,940) fine and up to three years in jail. The law made headlines in 2011, when the minor passenger in a hit-and-run drunk driving accident in Nagano that killed two people, was arrested after the incident, despite telling officers he was unaware of his friend being drunk.

No Personalized Plates For Ex-Cons

A New Jersey permit practice test will cover what to do when a tire blows out and the meaning of all the different road signs. It likely will not go over some of your punishments for committing certain crimes in the state.

You are not allowed to get personalized license plates within 10 years of being convicted of DUI, reckless driving, or if you caused a death by auto. Further, if you want to pass another car when driving in a business or residential area, you must give them an audible warning via honking your horn or “some other warning device.”

If a police officer pulls you over to issue a citation for one of these offenses, do not make an unhappy face at him either. It is illegal to frown at a police officer in New Jersey.

Red Cars Banned

The artist formerly known as Prince, peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983, singing about his favorite vehicle “Little Red Corvette.” The eclectic singer, who happens to be from the Minneapolis area, would have been arrested had he drove his prized automobile down Lake Street, a major east-west road through the city.

The law against driving red cars on Lake Street is often cited by auto insurance companies and “stupid law” blogs. However, none of them ever give the exact law which you would be violating. Fear not. You can definitely be drunk sitting on the hood of your red car on Lake Street, and will not be arrested. Public drunkenness is no longer a crime in the state pursuant to Minnesota Statute # 340A.902.

Infinite Headlight In Sweden

Some parts of Sweden, are located north of the Arctic Circle, which means 24/7 daylight during certain seasons. Lawmakers in the country do not care about the strain on car batteries and wasted energy.

Cars in Sweden, by law, must have their headlights on at all times. Those of you who own a Volvo, which are mostly built in Sweden, know the country takes this law seriously. The headlights on most models automatically turn on as soon as you start the car and there’s no way to turn them off without the dealership completely reprogramming your car.